Legacy Trail - East of Banff

Legacy Trail - East of Banff near Banff, AB


This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars
13 kms
3hours
moderate
Snowshoeing, Hiking, Cross Country Skiing, Mountain Biking
Spring, Fall, Summer
Banff, AB
User Park2

Nice, freshly paved, off (just beside) the highway, scenic, 13km Trail (one way) from Banff Park Gates to Banff. There are sections of it that continue west (coming soon, search "Legacy" in trailpeak.com). Also connects to Canmore/Harvie Heights paved trail on N side of Hiway 1 from the Banff park gates going further East. (Note you have to *CAREFULLY* cross hiway 1 at the Banff East gates).

This paved multi-use trail, completed in 2010 to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the establishment of Banff National Park, allows users to travel between Canmore and Banff without having to use the Trans-Canada Highway.

A segment of the Trans Canada Trail, the Legacy Trail runs along the highway right-of-way and is especially popular with cyclists and in-line skaters.

Where the Legacy Trail enters Banff at the north end of Banff Ave, you can follow pavement bike markings and signage in two different directions through town: one route connects to Vermilion Lakes Drive, from which a paved trail extension leads to the Bow Valley Parkway; another route extends the Trans Canada Trail through town to the Spray Trailhead.

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Directions:

The East end is at the East Park Gates on the South side of Hiway1, I didn't personally get to the West end(s).

You can also get onto it all through Banff and there is a Tee to the trail to Cascade Ponds / Lake Minnewanka




Please check the bottom of the Description (above left; click) for the author's written directions.

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By sdecariePosted By: sdecarie  - Sat Jul 20 19:41:47 EDT 2013 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside I'm really glad there is a fence separating one from the animals.
I passed a bear that was right against the fence. At most 3 feet away, maybe less.
Downside None Comment This one of my favorite trails.
By sdecariePosted By: sdecarie  - Sat Jul 20 19:35:43 EDT 2013 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside Great ride
After floods of June 2013, part what used to be the trail is now in the river. The good news as of July 20, 2013 an new route has been created that runs along the shoulder to the highway, but most of it is separated by concrete barriers.
Downside After floods of 2013 east of park gates some of the trail is just missing or covered in mud and rocks Comment They are now working on an addition to the trail so that it will go from downtown Canmore to downtown Banff.

This trail can be busy at times. It's a great ride plus you can get into Banff for free.
By sdecariePosted By: sdecarie  - Thu Jun 23 23:35:21 EDT 2011 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside It's a nice ride more scenic heading east than west Downside Section that uses the roads isn't so pleasant. Heading east you can use the overpass to connect with Canmore section of the trail Comment I'd do it again, it's a way to enter Banff without paying at the park gates


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